Optum, Tibco share Women's Prestige Series honors

Guarnier best overall in final standings from US series

Team Tibco's Megan Guarnier was declared winner of the 2012 Women's Prestige Series, a triumvirate of stage races on the USA calendar which includes the Redlands Classic, Nature Valley Grand Prix and Cascade Classic. Guarnier won the overall in Redlands, and was third in Cascade.

Tibco also won the best young rider's classification with Lindsay Myers, while the Optum Pro Cycling team topped the other classifications: best team and best sprinter.

Neo-pro Jade Wilkoxson (Optum) was the winner of the sprint classification overall and that competition at the Cascade Classic, and also claimed third overall in USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar individual standings.

"It's been a whirlwind season," said Wilcoxson. "The Nature Valley Grand Prix was my first big race, so I didn't know what to expect when I joined Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies. I certainly didn't expect to win the Series sprint jersey or two NRC stage races [Joe Martin and Elk Grove - ed], much less finish third on the National Racing Calendar."

Brief Standings

Individual classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Megan Guarnier (Team Tibco / To the Top)407 pts
2Carmen Small (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)385 
3Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling / Kelly)352 
4Kristin McGrath (Exergy TWENTY12)190 
5Amanda Miller (Team Tibco / To the Top)178 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jade Wilcoxson (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)363 pts
2Megan Guarnier (Team TIBCO / To the Top)352 
3Theresa Cliff Ryan (Exergy TWENTY12)352 
4Carmen Small (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)264 
5Kristin McGrath (Exergy TWENTY12)235 
Best Young Rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lindsay Myers (Team Tibco / To the Top)407 pts
2Jackie Crowell (Exergy TWENTY12)286 
3Joelle Numainville (Optum Pro Cycling / Kelly)220 
4Denise Ramsden (Optum Pro Cycling / Kelly)220 
5Lex Albrecht (Optum pb Kelly Benefit Strategies)220 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1559 pts
2Team TIBCO / To the Top Cycling917 
3Exergy TWENTY12727 
4Vanderkitten Focus147 
5FCS|ROUSE p/b Mr. Restore89 

See www.WomenCyclists.com for full results.

Author: Cycling News

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